Free and discounted trainings; ONA Local events; ONA12 deadlines

By on March 22, 2012

One week left to apply for the ONA12 Student Newsroom
We’re accepting applications for the ONA12 Student Newsroom until March 29. The 20 selected students get to report on ONA12, network with the top minds in digital media, work with other talented student journalists and receive an all-expense trip to San Francisco, courtesy of a Google sponsorship.

ONA12 registration opens April 10
Registration for the 2012 Online News Association Conference and Awards opens soon. There’s a lot to do while you’re waiting. Help us refine the conference by voting on sessions submitted through the ONA12 Session Selector. Interested in speaking at the conference? Speaker applications are due by March 27. And don’t forget to register on April 10 to join the top minds in journalism Sept. 20-22 in San Francisco. Connect with journalists and technologists from around the world, as well as the Bay Area’s innovative media, tech and entrepreneur communities and the hundreds of biotech and information technology companies that are thriving in Silicon Valley.

ONASPJ Camp in Phoenix
Save the Date for May 18. We’re partnering with the Society of Professional Journalists to bring a daylong, tools-based training workshop to the Phoenix area. Program is coming soon. If you’re interested in attending, email Jeanne Brooks, Director of Innovation and Community Engagement.

ONA Local events
ONA Local groups are meeting all over the country, bridging the gap between journalists and technologists. Two new groups, ONA Miami and ONA Twin Cities, had their first meetups this week. Interested in connecting with a group near you? Check out the ONA Local Locator.

ONA LA kicks off Tinker and Talk Thursday, a show and tell for those building cool tools, March 22 at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. 3T brings together geeks and students to share projects, solve technical problems and brainstorm creative uses for technology.

ONA DC’s March meetup, March 26, features a gameshow on fair use and copyright at the Mary Graydon Center at
American University. Come and test your fair use IQ.

ONA @ Columbia hosts an impressive lineup of data experts March 28 at Columbia Journalism School in New York, hosted by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, to discuss the tools, teams and techniques necessary for quality data journalism.

ONAvation Webinar: Comics and Illustrated Journalism
Interested in visual storytelling? ONA members get a discounted registration to our upcoming ONAvation webinar on April 5, in partnership with Poynter’s NewsU, in which Erin Polgreen, recent winner of the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative, will show you how to incorporate new forms of visual narrative, including comics and illustration, into your newsroom. She’ll talk about the types of stories that can be turned into effective illustrated journalism and you’ll see some concrete examples of successful (and not-so-successful) projects. ONA members price: $9.95. Non-member price: $29.95. Pick up your discount code on the ONA members site and then head over to Poynter to register. Not a member? Join here.

ONA discount for Revenue Camp for Journalism Entrepreneurs
ONA members also get a discount for Poynter’s NewsU’s Revenue Camp for Journalism Entrepreneurs, a two-day event offering expert guidance on how to make money from people who’ve done it. Successful entrepreneurs and experts will share their expertise about various revenue streams, including advertising, events, premium content, consulting, grant writing and merchandising. Join onsite at the Poynter campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. or online through Poynter’s NewsU. All registering before April 15 receive a steep discount on conference and coaching sessions and the webcast. ONA members, get your 20% discount when you register after April 15. Pick up your discount code on the ONA members site and then head over to Poynter to register. Not an ONA member? Join here.

Grants, Fellowships, Awards

Journalists in any medium who have produced stellar work in 2011 about the lives of children, youth and families are invited to submit to the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism. Deadline is April 20. Details here.

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s journalism program is launching a new grantmaking program called Why News Matters, designed to improve news literacy in Chicagoland. It will invest up to $6 million over the next three years in educational, research-based or training programs. See Request for Ideas. Deadline is April 2.


Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata is Director of Programs at the Online News Association, where she leads the Women's Leadership Accelerator. At ONA, Jennifer focuses on identifying talented digital journalists and innovative journalism projects and providing them with support. Jennifer is a business and design strategist with over a decade of experience creating industry-changing training programs, investing in award-winning projects, and managing key relationships with journalism partners and tech stakeholders. She regularly coaches managers, senior leaders and entrepreneurs on challenges related to their careers and launching new ventures. Jennifer shares advice for navigating tough work challenges in Work Space, a monthly column for Fortune.